Scotland tore up the record book in a joyous finish to the Autumn Test series with a record victory over a top-tier nation, scoring eight tries in humbling Australia in front of an ecstatic Murrayfield crowd.
Edinburgh should embrace being favourites to beat Benetton Treviso in the Guinness PRO14 tonight as a mark of becoming a quality side, believes head coach Richard Cockerill.
Ben Toolis admitted it felt “a little strange” to be playing against Australia, but not as good as it felt to beat them.
Glenalmond 8 Strathallan 52: Brilliant Strathallan too strong for Glenalmond in All-Perthshire Schools Final
Favourites Strathallan School claimed their first Scottish Schools Cup with a hugely impressive all-round display and a record points total overpowering a brave Glenalmond College team at BT Murrayfield.
As we note elsewhere, with a 60-40 possession advantage and similarly favoured 65 to 35 in territory, plus 17 possessions inside the New Zealand 22, Scotland probably should have won the Autumn Test against New Zealand.
Strathallan’s historic Scottish Schools Cup win could just be the start of a progression of success for the Forgandenny school, believes first XV coach Ed Kalman.
Dave Rennie will need every bit of his increased squad when the international programme starts in November but Glasgow’s new head coach is being forced into full use of it already.
Richard Cockerill is “sort of pleased” champions Scarlets are fielding their best possible XV for the visit of his Edinburgh side tonight.
If the Glasgow Warriors were a car, they’d be a classic but temperamental sports coupe.
Scotland 17 New Zealand 22: Scots fall just short of historic win over All Blacks in Murrayfield epic
Scotland went toe to toe with New Zealand for the full 80 minutes but again were left crushed with disappointment in an epic test match at BT Murrayfield as the All Blacks just held on for the win.